Welcome to the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women. We are dedicated to furthering feminist issues for the women of Chicago. We pride ourselves on being part of ‘the city that works,’ a city with a long history of activism. Our intention is to make a difference in the lives of the women in our city by dedicating ourselves to several key projects each year, and through community outreach and political activities.

Open Call For Artists: Give Your Choice A Voice 2015!

Are you an artist, musician, poet, storyteller, essayist, comedian or performer interested in exploring choice and empowerment? We want you to share your stories for Give Your Choice A Voice 2015!

The Chicago Chapter of the National Organization of Women (CNOW) will be hosting the fifth annual “Give Your Choice a Voice” event on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at the Heartland Café in Rogers Park.

We are bringing together pro-choicers from across the city for a chance to be a part of a safe, positive space to engage in the dialogue on reproductive choice including abortion, contraception, pregnancy, miscarriage, fertility, gender identity and transition, and much more! It’s your body; it’s your choice and we want to hear your story! In addition to personal testimonies, the evening will also feature musical and spoken word performances, professional storytellers, as well as woman made artwork.

The reproductive justice awareness event is an opportunity for the community to get to together and tell their stories about how issues around reproductive justice, choice and agency affect their lives. It’s been an intense few years for reproductive rights. We’ve seen attacks on Planned Parenthood, states valuing a fetus over a woman, women being called sluts for advocating for access to the pill and politicians routinely using women’s rights as a playing chip in their game. People are fed up but more than anything people just want a chance to be heard, to tell their stories. This is an opportunity for you to tell your story, and support other members of the community as they tell theirs. If you are a writer, performer, storyteller or simply a person with something to say, we want to hear your stories on these issues.

We want to hear all kinds of stories—about abortion, contraception and the Pill, but also about fertility, adoption, choices relating to pregnancy and birth, reproductive justice & agency w/r/t gender identity and transitioning——any thing relating to choice, however you define it. “Give Your Choice a Voice” will be an interactive night of story-telling and music-listening.

Activists, representatives from different women’s organizations and audience members will be telling their stories and in between stories local bands will play while the audience has a dialogue about reproductive rights and issues. We will be sharing information about the event beneficiary and performers in the coming weeks. If you are interested in performing or volunteering for this event, please email us with your submitted piece/a short description of your story or performance and a short bio at chicagonow.org@gmail.com. Looking forward to a great event this year!

Support Paid Sick Leave for Chicago Workers!

Would you like a cough with that coffee? Probably not. But that’s not a choice that many Chicago workers can afford to make.

Almost a half-million workers in our city do not earn paid sick days. That means they often come to work sick — because if they stay home, they will lose their pay or their jobs.

You can help protect these workers by going to the polls on February 24 and answering “yes” on the advisory question regarding paid sick days for Chicago workers.

Right now, just 26 aldermen are siding with workers, including the more than 200,000 women who lack paid sick time to care for themselves or their sick children.

But your vote will send a strong message to the rest of the City Council: Pass the pending ordinance that allows workers to earn one day of sick pay per six weeks of work.

No one should have to choose between their health and a paycheck. And let’s just keep it to cream in our coffee.

P.S. Be sure to vote on February 24th and learn more about the earned sick time ordinance here.